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Old 04-10-2014, 10:30 AM   #16
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My neighbor planted mint on her side of my fence.
2 summers after she planted I have a patch of mint on my side of the fence - it forced its way up between the asphalt of the driveway and the foundation of the garage
Take into account that what separates the two patches of mint are two feet of cinderblock, the foundation for the fence and a section of asphalt - total distance about 4 feet.
That's how invasive mint is

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Old 04-29-2014, 02:32 AM   #17
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I am in deep SE Texas (Conroe). I love mint. Right now the potted plants I bought at the flea market are luxurious, but as soon as the summer heat sets in they get weak and straggly looking. The locals have suggested placing the pots under the AC drip, but that produced disappointing results. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:55 AM   #18
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What kind of mint do you have and what is your USDA zone?
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:43 AM   #19
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Thank you for helping. I am in USDA Zone 8b. Two of the mints are unidentified. The one I am interested in is the spearmint common in the South: big leaves, big plant, definitely not peppermint or any hybrid, methinks. It's great in iced tea and Vietnamese spring rolls & egg roll lettuce wraps. YUM! The only taxonomy text I have is "Arizona Flora".
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Spearmint is a good choice for your warm weather but if you want that youthful vigor from your mint you are going to have to water it a lot and giving your mint a lot of shade from the hot afternoon sun would help too. The stems are going to get hard no matter what you do but it’s the leaves that you are really interested in anyhow. Keep the stems for compost. And don’t forget to fertilize. Mints really appreciate the food. Use a 16-16-16 every other week during the growing season. Some people like to keep their mint in a pot to keep it from spreading but that give you 2 problems. The pot above ground increases the temperature and all pots actually choke the plant meaning that you will have to water more often and feed more.
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Thanks again! I shared your advice with a former classmate in Baton Rouge. He lives next to the class clown. They want to cultivate fresh mint. He said something about mulling mint in Kentucky whiskey to make classic mint juleps. Now why didn't I think of that? <GRIN>
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Here's why I haven't put up a picture of the mint yet.



Someone made it their home and was hanging out in the corner of the box. I didn't mow around it, and just let it be. I didn't want to disturb it. After a few weeks, I haven't seen it anymore and was able to get some pics of my mint.

The box is 4ft x 4ft.


I put that light in there when the mint was much shorter. It doesn't do much now.





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Nice looking mint and you are keeping it thinned out
Keep up the good work.
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Truthfully, i haven't done anything to it except watch it grow. I haven't watered it in 2 months. The occasional rain does it for me. Thanks!

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